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Mood Inside Wisconsin Capitol All-American

February 23, 2011

One of the best stories….and there have been many to fill the pages of the Wisconsin State Journal concerning the protests taking place at the Capitol…is this one regarding those who are sleeping under the dome.  It is a remarkable piece by Dan Simmons.  The State Journal has been doing a very good job with this story over the past nine days!  Congrats!

Shortly after 10 p.m. Monday, the drummers and other musicians on the rotunda’s ground floor wrapped up for the night. A man grabbed the microphone and, without instrumental accompaniment, started singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Most of the protesters packed tightly around the first- and second-floor balconies, joining in the anthem. Police officers and firefighters — about 40 from various departments who spent the night on Monday — sang along, hands on heart. Elliott Tomaro, a union ironworker from Oregon, sang, too, holding his hard hat over his chest as he stood with other protesters.

“It’s a moving experience to have so many people singing the national anthem inside the seat of the government,” he said.

One Comment
  1. February 24, 2011 9:38 PM

    How long do you envision the Wisconsin labor protests lasting? These demonstrators are obviously very strong-willed and passionate, so I can see them struggling for the long haul.

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